SAN DIEGO, CA -- San Diego's Trevor Hoffman kept up his seesaw
season when he earned the save as the Padres beat the Houston
Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth less than 24 hours after blowing
the save and taking the loss by giving up four runs in the ninth
inning of a 9-6 defeat.
It was Hoffman's second save in three chances, extending his big
league record to 526.
Mark Loretta, a former Padres second baseman, doubled in Hunter
Pence with two outs in the third to pull the Astros to 2-1.
The Astros tied the game at 2 in the seventh, then the Padres
went ahead in the bottom of the inning.
Left-hander Randy Wolf made his debut for the Padres and started
for the first time since July 3rd while with the Los Angeles
Dodgers. Righty Shawn Chacon made his Astros debut. Neither got a